Jason Fox Award presented to Carmello Javon Young

Published 12:07 pm Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Robert Jason Fox, best known as Jason, was a native of Tryon. He attended the Polk County School System from kindergarten into high school and was a member of the first freshman class to attend the new Polk County High School in Columbus when it opened in the fall of 1992. 


Early in his sophomore year – 1993 – Fox was diagnosed with leukemia and was obliged to withdraw from school for treatment. Fox passed away early in 1994. During the short time he was a high school student, Fox earned the respect and affection of his teachers and his peers. He was a likable young man, a serious student, a good athlete, responsibly fun-loving with a good sense of humor, and a had reputation for integrity and good citizenship. Fox was an outstanding role model for every student; he was also a glowing example of the importance of supportive, loving parents.

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To honor the memory of Fox, an anonymous donor has established a special award to be given each year to a male sophomore student whose personal qualities are as exemplary as Fox’s.


The award consists of a citation, designed by the respected artist, Julia Williams, and a Fox­head pin designed by the renowned sculptor, William Behrends, cast in sterling silver, symbolizing Fox’s character. It becomes the duty of the young man who receives this award to be faithful to the memory of Fox and to always remember the reasons this award was given.


This year, the award was presented to Carmello Javon Young. Young is a rising junior at Polk County High School. He is the son of Travis Young of Tryon.


Submitted by Meghan Horne Mauldin